Genre: YA SF
In the last years of the nineteenth century, children work hard, abusive fathers get away with too much, and teenage girls like Drift Henry are ignored. Since Mama died, Master Henry has gotten worse, drunk, vulgar--he’s a cussed fool. But what can Drift do? She needs a way out. That’s when Ollie contacts her. A boy from the sky city, Chalcis, Ollie promises her a better life: the life of a Peacemaker, one of the most prestigious paths in the game of Grounders. After being thrust into her first task, Drift becomes Ollie’s Grounder.
She trades her huffing corset and plug-ugly dress for a defensefiber one-piece. And she meets the fourth most highly rated Grounder of all time: the deadly and gorgeous, Mateo Knave. At first Drift’s life improves, but when the prince of Chalcis himself presents her with a glorious, unprecedented task, she must choose whether to complete it (and murder millions of people in the process) or face the consequence of failure. Unfortunately for Drift, when tasks go unfinished, Grounders are expendable.